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Ducks Move To No. 3 In BCS

Following a big win on the road, Oregon switches places with Notre Dame and comes in at No. 3 in the latest BCS rankings, up one spot from last week's No. 4 ranking. After winning a 62-51 shootout versus previously No. 17 ranked USC in Los Angeles this past weekend, Oregon has to continue to win and perhaps win impressively in order to overtake No. 2 Kansas State, which currently sits .015 percentage points ahead of the Ducks in the latest standings. Once again, despite their No. 2 ranking in the human polls (USA Today/Coaches' and Harris), the computers remain hesitant on rewarding the Ducks with a high ranking. In the computer polls, Oregon's average ranking is fifth, with one computer ranking Oregon as low as seventh nationally. The reason continues to center around Oregon's strength of schedule (or lack there of) to this point in the season. Though the Ducks have won convincingly over eight of their first nine opponents of the season, margin of victory isn't a BCS formula component and Oregon has one win over a current BCS Top 25 team (No. 19 USC). However, Oregon's remaining schedule may be the best of any of the top four teams in the BCS Standings, allowing them to perhaps gain ground on the Wildcats. Over the next three weeks, two of the Ducks' three remaining regular season opponents rank in the top 15 of the BCS (No. 11 Oregon State and No. 14 Stanford).

Below is this week's BCS Standings' Top 10:

1. Alabama - .9957
2. Kansas State - .9318
3. Oregon - .9166
4. Notre Dame - .9050
5. Georgia - .8171
6. Florida - .7863
7. LSU - .7054
8. South Carolina - .6206
9. Louisville - .6040
10. Florida State - .5969

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